Another Exciting Series….

Series For Sale

A week or so ago I posted about the progress of my monster truck series here . This morning, over on my Facebook page, I announced an offer for another new series of Fine Art greeting cards. I’m really excited about both of these projects but I’m very excited about the first production of these greeting cards. The first batch include shots from my area of New Jersey, the Jersey Shore.

These cards are produced on high quality card stock and include matching envelopes. If you have any interest please click on the link above or please FB PM me or email me @ mattafoto@gmail.com.

Here’s a look at the first three in the series….

As always, thanks for stopping by and please feel free to share this exciting news!!!

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Are You a Beach Lover?

Beach Scenes

Had an interesting conversation with a woman at the beach in Hilton Head, South Carolina. We were conversing about our backgrounds, were we on a vacation, etc. and she then asked where I was from (she was from Ohio). I told her New Jersey and she looked at me confused and said, “Why are you here, you have beaches in New Jersey”?

Well, I did have to stop for a second and think about it….. in fact earlier in the day my wife and I were just having a discussion of which state had nicer beaches and we strongly agreed that NJ had much more beautiful beaches than South Carolina.

Yes (IMHO), to my eye, the beaches are much nicer in New Jersey (sand texture, sand color, ocean front homes, etc). .

However, when captured through the lens of a camera, South Carolina’s beaches are also visually appealing…..

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I guess, when it comes down to it, when you’re a beach lover, any beach will do.

52 Week Music Theme (My Theme): My City of Ruins….

52 Week Theme Project

CityinRuinFrom New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen. This is the city he’s singing about.

Hear it here…

Shooting Iconic Places…..

Architecture, Black and White

Do you have any of those must shoot, iconic places or landmarks close to home? One of those places you’ve photographed a hundred times? Well I think we all do and as much as we hate to go back to those places again and again, we go anyway.

This is one of those places, the famous Casino Building in Asbury Park, NJ. It’s a shell (literally) of it’s former self but people still come from all over just to get a glimpse of some of the fascinating history here in Monmouth County. Just last week when I was shooting here a mother and daughter approached me asking a variety of questions about this building and the town next door, Ocean Grove. They were from New Hampshire.

Casino BuildingSo what approach do you take when visiting a place like this in your “neck of the woods”. I recently found a couple of articles on shooting these such places and the most consistent recommendation was to shoot at non-traditional angles, at non-typical hours, and under extreme environmental conditions. All designed to capture these familiar places in the most nontraditional manner.

I can’t say that I captured all of those suggestions in this shot, but my intent was to present something rather unique for an all to familiar subject. Now I know for most of my viewers this scene is fairly new to you but I’ve posted shots of this landmark several times before. They can be seen here and here. Unique enough?

So, what about you? Have one of these iconic landmarks in your neck of the woods? Why not share it with us by posting a link in the comments section for all to see? Would love to see it!

Water, Water Everywhere….

HDR

Water WaterWhen we travel to Atlantic City our favorite place to stay is The Water Club, although we couldn’t stay there this particular I did get to see it from a different perspective. The marina is across the street and next to the beaches in AC, it’s probably the nicest area in AC.

3 shot HDR processed in HDR Efex Pro and finished in Lightroom

 

What’s Left…

Beach Scenes, HDR

What's LeftUp and down the Jersey shore many of these fishing piers are left barely standing after the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. This one is located on the beach in Atlantic City and looks to be useless with it’s fate left up to the relentless Atlantic Ocean.

This is my second edit with the Nik software I downloaded just the other day. As I said in my previous post these programs come free for registered users of any single product from Nik. This shot is a result of the preset called Pro Contrast in Color Efex Pro, I hit the preset and was stunned by the result. Wow, everything just popped!

Hope you all had a great Easter!

Solitary View…

HDR, Landscapes

From High Point State Park you can see miles of landscape in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This lone tree has the best view of the mountains of southwestern New York.

At the time of this shot we were witnessing (over my left shoulder) a storm rumble through Pennsylvania, lots of thunder but no lightning. Too bad, that could have been an awesome picture from this vantage point.